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Is YouTube to blame?

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I’ve written a lot about the influence of the media over young people’s behaviour, especially aggressive behaviour. Be it tv, video games, or the internet, what effect is this having on the next generation? A recent panorama program “Children’s Fight Club” looked at the effect of the growing trend of children who are bullying and fighting on the street recording it with their mobile phones and uploading it to youtube.

“The internet is without question one of the greatest inventions of our time. For the majority of users it’s a great source of information – the good by far out-weighing the bad. But the bad is becoming more and more of a concern” [quote]

Quite ironically you can watch the episode on youtube and it’s in three parts: part 1, part 2 and part 3.

Is this a case of children watching these videos and then imitating what they see?  It could be but I’m not convinced.  I don’t think that we can blame youtube for causing the violence that’s been seen here; but it can be for distributing and hosting the videos.  I was concerned to see that even when some of these videos where brought to the attention of google (the company who own youtube) that they only decided that ‘some of them’ were inappropriate and violated their terms.

Your thoughts in the comments as always …

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3 Responses to “Is YouTube to blame?”

  1. Albert Lopez August 23, 2007 at 2:10 am #

    I myself don’t think youtube is to blame. It all stems from these childrens parents. Their parents should be less concerned with these videos, (something they can do nothing to stop) and more concerned on where their children are after school and on the weekends.

  2. Jamie August 29, 2007 at 7:24 pm #

    It’s sometimes easy to point the finger at the parents but I think that you may have a good argument. The parents of these children should know more about what their children are doing when they’re out and about.

    Since when has it been acceptable to beat someone on the street with a ‘gang’ of others watching and recording. Although this could raise arguments about group conformity and gang mentality.

    Thanks for your comment.

  3. karl February 9, 2008 at 11:58 pm #

    We can blame youtube on the negative viewing, such as with Bandura’s Social Learning on Agression. However, where is the measurement of videos that are available on youtube that teach the students. (Like here) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byhLPxT_FJQ There are just as many videos on that. Note that there should be a policing of information appropriate the under 21. The flagging of information is not strong enough, but then again, thorough training of kids will diminish a 3 minute modeling of negative behavior.

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